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The British Hillclimb Championship visits Doune, the ‘King of the Hills’ in Scotland

Photo by David Baxter

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June sees the British Hillclimb Championship (BHC), presented by Avon Tyres, and the class based Championship, the BHC Cup, presented by Classic Car Insurance Broker Footman James, visit Doune Hillclimb near Stirling in Scotland. The event will be the second and final “double header” weekend of the 2022 season. The two days are completely separate events with drivers therefore having four point scoring opportunities over the weekend. Doune is therefore an absolutely crucial event in the 2022 season, and is likely to give vital clues to the potential winners of both the BHC and BHC Cup, in what is turning into a hard fought and classic season.

Doune’s first event took place in 1968, with the first BHC visit in 1969. Over this time Doune has become a firm favourite with both drivers and spectators alike. It is a fantastic challenge for the driver and a stunning spectacle for the watching spectators, resulting in it being christened by many as the ‘King of the Hills’. Sean Gould’s 2021 outright record of 34.67 seconds for the 1350 metre (1476 yards) track is just shy of 90mph from a standing start and shows that it is fast. The early part of the hill, although tight and Armco lined, is very quick before opening up for the steep climb to East Brae. East Brae is one of the most difficult corners to get right in British Hillclimbing, as its fast and super steep approach gives you no view whatsoever of either an obvious turn in or apex point. Many a good time has been ruined by incidents here. The track then flows into the Esses before the blast to the finish line. Last year saw three drivers break the outright hill record with Alex Summers and Wallace Menzies joining Sean Gould in the record breaking fun!

The double header format for the weekend guarantees a high quality entry list. Defending BHC Champion Wallace Menzies heads the entry in his Cosworth XD engined Gould GR59-M. He is joined by 2022 BHC Championship leader Alex Summers driving his DJ Firestorm Cosworth XD who leads Wallace by two points. Third place Scott Moran in the powerful Judd engined Gould will be hoping for a high scoring weekend as he looks to close the gap on the top two.

All of the current top ten in the class based BHC Cup are making the trip to Scotland for the weekend, and will be looking to score big points. Scot Allan McDonald currently leads the way in his amazing 500 horsepower Mini Evo by one point from Alex Coles in the Formula Ford Van Diemen RF86. He in turn has a one point lead over Richard Spedding who is having a great season in his 1600cc GWR Raptor 2 single seater.

Competitive action is scheduled to start at 8.30am on both days and will continue for the majority of the day. Tickets will be available on the gate on each day of the event.

Take a trip up to Doune over the weekend of 18th & 19th June. You will not be disappointed!


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